CAPE TOWN – If there’s one thing that was evident in Vancouver at the weekend, it’s the quality of players Neil Powell has in his young Blitzbok squad.
It took a while for them to gel, but in the sixth tournament of the 2018-19 World Sevens Series in Canada, it happened. That tournament-winning effort they had hoped for, finally happened.
They looked like a unit - something that had been an issue in the earlier events - and they got it right on attack and defence, while there were also a number of brilliant individual contributions.
The individual contributions of the youngsters - or less-experienced players - were particularly pleasing after the Blitzboks had to bounce back from what you could call a player exodus, with Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Kwagga Smith, Tim Agaba, Rosko Specman and Dylan Sage all having left the circuit to pursue their fifteens ambitions.
Selvyn Davids, who went into the Canada leg 10 tournaments young, was instrumental in the Blitzboks’ road to the final.